Images bursary launched in reminiscence of Guardian’s Eamonn McCabe

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Images bursary launched in reminiscence of Guardian’s Eamonn McCabe

A bursary specializing in the theme of sporting endeavour and designed to assist proficient younger photographers has been launched in reminiscence of the award-winning Guardian and Observer photographer Eamonn McCabe.

Eamonn McCabe.

The bursary, established by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the Guardian and Observer and McCabe’s household will give £3,000 to a photographer aged 25 or below to provide a venture.

The RPS described McCabe, who died in 2022, as one of many excellent photographers of his technology. It mentioned he had produced “a swathe of memorable photos that outlined their period”.

McCabe began his profession as a sports activities photographer, labored as an educator and broadcaster and was the Guardian’s image editor for 13 years.

He received image editor of the yr six occasions and sports activities photographer of the yr 4 occasions. He additionally received information photographer of the yr in 1985 for his photos of the Heysel stadium catastrophe in Brussels.

Ben Johnson wins the 100m dash on the 1988 Seoul Olympics, with Carl Lewis and Linford Christie coming second and third. {Photograph}: Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian

Within the 2000s he pivoted to portraiture, photographing key figures from Tony Blair to Iris Murdoch, and Lou Reed to Desmond Tutu. Lots of his photos are displayed within the Nationwide Portrait Gallery.

The bursary recognises McCabe’s dedication to supporting different photographers, together with these simply setting out on their careers, mentioned his spouse, Rebecca Smithers, a former Guardian journalist who’s supporting the award together with Ben and Mabel McCabe.

Iris Murdoch at dwelling in Oxford. {Photograph}: Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian

“Eamonn was at all times beneficiant with recommendation and sensible assist to up-and-coming younger photographers, whether or not on assembling a portfolio, choosing the proper course or attempting to safe work expertise,” Smithers mentioned. “He knew from private expertise how robust it was for folks beginning out who didn’t have any contacts within the enterprise.”

Tom Jenkins, an award-winning Guardian sports activities photographer and videographer, mentioned the mentoring he acquired from McCabe had been invaluable.

Boxer Sylvester Mittee tapes his arms earlier than a coaching session at Frank Warren’s fitness center in King’s Cross, London, in 1984. {Photograph}: Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian

“The photographic world owes Eamonn McCabe an enormous debt. He was an inspiration to an entire technology on this nation and overseas,” he mentioned. “Numerous younger photographers like me got a primary break and inspired into the occupation by him. Not solely has he left a legacy of unimaginable photos however he has additionally generously ensured that photographers following on behind him are set as much as succeed.”

These wishing to use for the bursary can achieve this on-line earlier than the beginning of August, the RPS mentioned. The theme could be “interpreted as broadly because the applicant needs” however their work must be new and appropriate for publication, it mentioned. The chosen venture will likely be revealed by the Guardian and dropped at a wider viewers. The winner is anticipated to be introduced earlier than the top of September, with the venture given 12 months for completion.

Zadie Smith. {Photograph}: Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian

A spokesperson for the RPS mentioned: “Eamonn was extremely encouraging of aspiring photographers and this bursary will proceed that by producing new and thrilling pictures into the longer term.”


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